The Directorate of Distance Education was started in 1972 as the Institute of Correspondence
Courses to cater to the needs of students who could not pursue formal college education.
These courses provide an opportunity to the students who discontinue education at
an early stage to pursue higher studies because of lack of aptitude and motivation
or for want of economic wherewithal. Individuals who look upon education as a life-time
activity and like to enhance their knowledge in an existing discipline of study
or acquire proficiency in a new area may also benefit from the courses. Distance
Education is an attempt to diversify and proliferate academic beneficence far beyond
the close confines of a classroom and to make it available to all those who aspire
for higher learning. It has a special relevance in an egalitarian society, in so
far as it does not have the “elitist bias” to education which is beyond
the reach of many. Another advantage of such a programme is that it goes beyond
the confines of University Jurisdiction.
The Institute of Correspondence Course was upgraded as the Directorate
of Distance Education in 1994 as per the UGC norms.